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A dose of reality about vaccines…
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As more and more parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children or are vaccinating them later, diseases like measles are making a comeback. Are vaccines safe? How do vaccines work? Why do somepeople claim there is a link between vaccines and autism? This week we look at why are people afraid of something that has saved so many lives, and look at the history and science of vaccines.

REFERENCES AND FURTHER READING:

“The Panic Virus” by Seth Mnookin: http://amzn.to/1CB8Q7p
“On Immunity” by Eula Biss: http://amzn.to/1FTmmH1

Watch “Vaccines: Calling the Shots” from PBS’ NOVA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVCO6_bpsEY

The Robert Falcon Scott expedition and the lost cure for scurvy, by Maciej Cegłowski: http://idlewords.com/2010/03/scott_and_scurvy.htm

The incredible value of vaccines: http://www.gavi.org/about/mission/facts-and-figures/

The Guardian’s herd immunity simulation: http://www.theguardian.com/society/ng-interactive/2015/feb/05/-sp-watch-how-measles-outbreak-spreads-when-kids-get-vaccinated

Map of global vaccine rates: http://gamapserver.who.int/gho/interactive_charts/immunization/mcv/atlas.html

How risky are vaccine side effects? http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/side-effects.htm

Eula Biss on vaccines and empathy: http://www.vox.com/2015/2/6/7992071/how-one-vaccine-skeptic-became-a-vaccine-supporter


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